The St. Louis Rams are moving back to Los Angeles. A total of 30 of the 32 NFL owners voted on Wednesday to approve the relocation to give the league an L.A. football team.
The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders also submitted bids to move to Los Angeles, but their proposal — which called for the two franchises to share a stadium in Carson, CA — did not receive enough support from league owners.
The NFL has wanted a franchise in Los Angeles for a long time now, ever since the conclusion of the 1994 season, when the Rams moved from L.A. to St. Louis and the Raiders relocated to Oakland. Los Angeles has the second-biggest television and media market in the country, but stadium issues have prevented the city from owning a franchise for more than 20 years.
The plan that was voted on and approved calls for the Rams to move to the old Hollywood Park racetrack in Inglewood, California, which is just about 10 miles from downtown L.A. The Chargers and Raiders are not locks to stay put just yet. The Chargers reportedly have the first option of joining the Rams in Inglewood by next January, at which point the Raiders would get the chance to relocate there.
Fortunately, the Rams’ relocation does little to affect the geography of the division that they’re in. They’re already part of the NFC West, and yet were playing in the midwest since the mid-90s.